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Top 5 Gifts for that Hard to Buy for Person Who Has Everything


Yes, we all have at least one of them on our gift lists. That person that you rack your brains over every year to find them a gift that they’ll actually like and use. If you’re lucky, you might find one that they’ll adore.

Gifts for that Hard to Buy for Person Who Has Everything

Believe it or not, my husband is hard to shop for when it comes to gifts. He thanks me politely and then the gift ends up on the shelf in a closet or in a drawer for an indeterminate amount of time before it disappears. That is so frustrating! The problem is that {as Racheal mentioned here}, when men want something, they tend to just buy it for themselves. It turns out, my attempt to be creative usually backfires on me.

A couple of years ago, I finally found the perfect gift – one that he loves and that keeps on giving:

an iPhone

It worked out perfectly because I am the one that handles our cell phone account. Plus, it was something he never knew he wanted. To this day, he still thanks me for this gift.

However, unless you are buying for your spouse or adult child, you probably aren’t going to buy anyone else an iPhone.

Instead, I’m thinking of those people that you may not know as well or those people who seem to have everything, or people like grandparents who are older and don’t want/need more stuff. With this list, I sincerely hope you find that aha! gift for that seemingly impossible person to buy for on your holiday list. If nothing else, maybe this list will spark an idea for something perfect!

Here are some items I’ve come up with over the years and are in no particular order:

1) Gift Card

  • I know some people who hate giving these. They feel that they are impersonal.
  • However, I love receiving them! I often wait to use them as weight loss or NSV rewards!
  • They are perfect for teenagers!
  • Think iTunes, sporting good stores for athletes, craft stores for the crafty, a unique store online that you found, an electronics store for the techie. Or just think about where your gift recipient often goes.
  • I know teachers who say they love getting $5 Caribou Coffee and Target gift cards that they can actually use.
  • And you’d know I’d accept a gift certificate to any restaurant just to try it out. {The first time we went to Sul Lago, there had to be over a dozen people who came in to get gift certificates. And this was before Thanksgiving!}
  • Not sure which gift card to get?
    • Many grocery and other stores have stands with all different types of gift cards in many denominations. Check out the stand to be inspired with ideas.
    • Do a search on line. Just Google: X {Gift Recipient hobby} + gift card.
  • This is what makes the gift certificates personal:
    • “I know you love to do this/these types of things! So pick out something you really want!” or
    • “I know you love this place and will use this!” or
    • “I thought of you because I love this place and thought you’d like to try it out.”

2) A Photo Canvas {or other photo gift}

  • My friend Stacy swears by the photo canvas deals on Groupon and other daily deal sites. You send in or upload a photo and they convert your photo to canvas. Your favorite photograph becomes a work of art you can hang on the wall. With all the traveling I love to do, I plan to pick out favorite from a trip to canvas-ize.
  • Grandparents love photo memories. A photo book or calendar you either create yourself or online will do the trick. {Note: I am NOT a scrapbooker, so I love using websites like Snapfish.}
  • If you are in to giving ornaments, consider a photo ornament.  I know people who give their children an ornament each year with the year printed on it so that by the time they leave home, they’ve got not only their own collection of ornaments, but also memories. A photo that depicts that year for someone or a memory of the two of you is a great idea.

3) Subscription boxes

  • I know, I’m addicted to these right now. But, really, but who wouldn’t want one?
  • If you love or want to learn more about wine, would you turn down a Wine Club gift subscription? I didn’t think so.
  • Two of my current favorite subscription boxes are:
    • Birchbox – Beauty, grooming and lifestyle products for women and men! Check out my latest box and review here.
    • Love with Food – Gourmet Food Samples. Each month your box ships, a meal is donated to a hungry child. Check out my latest box and review here.
  • Need a gift for a pet or pet parent? Check out BarkBox – my pooches LOVE IT! Latest box and review here.
  • Or how about a magazine subscription? There are so many unique ones out there now. Do a search online. Just Google: X {Gift Recipient hobby} + magazine.
  • There are also gift subscriptions for olive oil. We’ve done this before and have found exceptional quality!
  • And this Wisconsin girl would never turn down the gift of a Cheese of the Month Club!

4) Experiences

  • This is my favorite category! I’m talking things like:
    • Plays or concert tickets.
    • Cooking Classes – Twin Cities peeps: I’d recommend Saga Hill, Kitchen Window and Local D’Lish.
    • Spa Day – I don’t think I know of one woman who wouldn’t want this.
    • Or any experience that makes you think of your recipient! Like the Beer Trolley Tour I’m taking my husband on this weekend as part of his birthday box!

5) Your Time

  • This is one of the best and most cherished gifts you can give.
  • People who love you, but don’t really don’t need more stuff would love to spend more time with you!
  • Get tickets to a play or concert that you both love.
  • Take them to a movie, a trip to their favorite restaurant or do something together that you know they love to do, but don’t get to do that often.
  • Buy tickets for the event, or just create your own coupon that states something like: “Coupon good for: A Trip to Izzy’s Ice Cream”. I suggest putting an expiration date on it so that they will redeem it ASAP. (Although you don’t have to adhere to that expiration, of course.)

What’s the most unique gift you’ve given?

What ways have you given experiences or times to loved ones?

Happy Holidays~


Give a Ticket Around the World of Wine…


I had planned to write a post on the Top 5 Gifts for that Hard-to-Buy-for-Person-Who-Has-Everything. We all know at least one of those and struggle with them on our holiday list every year!

But then I realized I had too much to say about each of these items.

Since it is Wine Wednesday, I’ve decided to talk about just one of those gifts. It’s one of my favorite things to give both those who love wine or who are new to wine – The Traveling Vineyard Wine Club®

It’s the perfect gift for that Hard-to-Buy-for-Person-Who-Has-Everything (or even for yourself).

I’ve looked around and this Wine Club is the least expensive I’ve found out there. It’s only $29.95 per month, plus shipping. Each month the recipient receives two fantastic bottles of wine from different regions around the world {not just domestic wines from one winery}. You get to choose the program that suits your wine lover best:

  • 2 reds OR
  • 1 white & 1 red

Most people have never tasted Traveling Vineyard® Wines. Even if they have been to one of our Wine Tastings before, the wine inventory changes all the time! They are from boutique vineyards around the world and cannot be found in stores. Once they are gone, they are gone. New arrivals come in each month.

What’s more is that because The Traveling Vineyard Wine Club® includes wines from around the world from many different wineries, it’s like your ticket around the world through wine!

 Each month, members receive:

  • Two fantastic wines from regions around the world
  • An email with printable full-page descriptions of each wine’s characteristics, the region it comes from and the best food pairings
  • Recipes that pair with the wines in the shipment
  • Additional wine education that will feed your interest in wine

Subscription Options:

  • Continuous shipment: $29.95 + shipping/month (no contract – cancel at any time) – Most people who join the club for themselves like the option to pay month to month.

If you are giving a gift, you can pay for a subscription up front (shipping included):

  • 3-month prepaid: $116.70
  • 6-month prepaid: 233.40
  • 12-month prepaid: $466.80

Why the Wine Club is such a popular gift this time of year at my Wine Tastings:

  • It’s easy. You don’t have to leave your home to pick it up, nor wrap it.
  • It’s a gift you can give across the miles.
  • When your wine lover thanks you each month when their shipment arrives, you’ll already have an easy gift picked out for the next holiday season.

Who joins the Wine Club?

  • Friends or Neighbors – You know how you always say to each other, “We should get together sometime!” but never do? Those who join the Wine Club together know that the wine is coming. It’s paid for; so they put a date on the calendar and they do get together.
  • Couples – It’s an excellent excuse to have a romantic date night each night. Nothing sparks passion like a great meal and a little wine. 😉
  • Wine Club Groups – If you don’t belong to one, start one! Invite your friends. You can learn together with the included education. Remember the Importance of Company?
  • Book Clubs – I heard a chef on a Food Network show joke that Book Clubs are “really” about the wine. It wouldn’t hurt to make it a theme one month. It just might catch on!

But maybe you don’t want to share!

You might just want to learn more about different wines, get out of the rut of buying the same wine over and over, and try something new.

A single gal joined just to stock up her wine rack without having to do any research on the wines. It can be intimidating picking something out in the store. With so many options, which do you choose? This Wine Club member would store her Wine Club wines in her wine rack. When she decided to open a bottle or give it as a gift, she could thumb through her tasting lessons to learn about it or stick the notes in a gift bag with the wine.

The Traveling Vineyard Wine Club® is the Perfect Gift for:

  • The Holidays
  • Hospitality – Is someone letting you stay with them this holiday season?
  • Birthdays
  • Weddings {especially today when most couples don’t need another toaster}
  • The Hard-to-Buy-for-Adult-Who-Has-Everything

When you order a Wine Club as a gift, be sure to contact me at UncommonWine (at) Yahoo (dot) com immediately and let me know so that I can put it on hold so that it won’t spoil any surprises. Also, do NOT enter the email address of your gift recipient or they will get a confirmation. We can change that later. 😉

With The Traveling Vineyard Wine Club® , you can travel around the world of wine from the comfort of your home.

What is your favorite gift for that



*The Traveling Vineyard can currently (at the time of this post) ship to the all States within the U.S. except: AL, AR, CO, DE, IN, KS, KY, LA, MS, MT, TN, OK, PA, RI, SD, UT, and VT.